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Datum:Sonntag 30 Dezember 1951
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic C46 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Curtiss C-46F-1-CU Commando
Fluggesellschaft:Transocean Air Lines
Kennzeichen: N68963
Werknummer: 22485
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-2800-75
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 2
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 4
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Fairbanks, AK (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Flug von:Umiat Airport, AK (UMT/PAUM), USA
Flug nach:Fairbanks International Airport, AK (FAI/PAFA), USA
Flugnummer: 501
Approaching Fairbanks the crew reported having missed the radio range fix and stated that the ADF was inoperative. Last contact was 2 minutes later when they reported proceeding out on the west leg of range. The wreckage was found on January 3, 1952.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the pilot to follow procedures and utilize properly the radio facilities for approach and letdown at Fairbanks, with the result that the flight became lost."

» CAB File No. 1-0116


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Distance from Umiat Airport, AK to Fairbanks International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 535 km (334 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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